By Jack Lapidus
NANGKA assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee has denied claims that funds for Covid-19 aid relief in Sibu would have to go through him.
He also denied that the Sarawak government’s allocation for the needy in the city’s five state constituencies have been placed under his control, Borneo Post reported.
“The accusation that l regulate all these provisions is not true at all. All money is channeled directly to the Sibu Divisional Resident Office which operates the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) headed by Sibu Divisional Resident, Charles Siaw.
“Whatever related documents, purchase of supplies and all are done by the committee, I only monitor to ensure that all the assistance reaches the recipients,” he said in rebutting claims made by Sarawak Report in their article entitled ‘MONSTROUS! – How Sarawak’s GPS Have Played Politics With Hunger’.
Dr Annuar said recipients have started to receive assistance since yesterday regardless of which political party represented their constituency.
“Dudong is an opposition area where more than 100 applicants have received assistance. In Bukit Assek, we have helped over 100 applicants, similarly in Pelawan.
“So where did they (Sarawak Report) get the information that the opposition area does not receive help?,” he questioned.
He said a WhatsApp group had also been created, comprising of Bukit Assek assemblyman Irene Chang, Pelawan assemblyman David Wong, Sibu MP Oscar Ling, Lanang MP Alice Lau, Julau MP Larry Sng and Selangau MP Baru Bian to ensure that no one in Sibu were left behind during the Movement Control Order.
“Everyday l update all information regarding the distribution of assistance in the WhatsApp group,” he added, while calling for an end to politicking as the country battles the Covid-19 crisis.